A pair of Prentiss County schools will have new principals when the new school year begins in August.

Earlier this month school board members approved the move of Thrasher High School Principal Kenny Sparks to fill the post of principal at New Site High School. Former New Site Principal Ronald Clark was previously appointed as assistant director of the Prentiss County Career and Technology Center.

The board named Paul Lyles principal for Thrasher, filling the post vacated by Sparks’ move. Lyles most recently served as assistant principal at HW Byers and is a native of Tippah County.

Thrasher will also see a new leader on the football field this fall with the appointment of Ross Coley to lead the Rebel squad. Coley comes to Thrasher from Warren Central High School and is a native of Mooreville.

During their regular meeting on Monday, the board voted to name Andrew Brown as assistant principal at Marietta Elementary School for the new school year.

In other business on Monday, the board:

heard an update from Superintendent Jeff Palmer who said he expects a normal five-day-per-week, on-campus school year this fall. He said policies for students who wish to continue learning 100 percent remotely are up in the air at the moment. Palmer said the Mississippi Department of Education issued additional guidance to districts regarding online learning last week and he and other superintendents across the state are awaiting clarification on those rules before finalizing any local policies regarding online education for the upcoming school year.

In other business, the board:

approved the following new hires: LaCrisha Sample (science teacher at New Site), Savannah Christie (English teacher at New Site), Nathan Hodum (teacher and junior high boyrs and girls basketball coach at Hills Chapel), Ed Mahler (teacher at Wheeler)

accepted the following resignations: Chris Butler (career center technician/part-time maintenance at New Site), Chandler Allen (teacher/coach at Thrasher), Nyle Calley (part-time custodian at Marietta), Jennifer Burchell (biology teacher at New Site), Jennifer Johnson (shuttle bus route driver at Hills Chapel).

approved handbooks for the 2021-22 school year with no significant changes. It was noted the exemption policy used in the 2019-20 school year was added back after being removed last school year due to the pandemic.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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